Saturday, April 16, 2016

Honey Crunch Matzoh Brittle and 18 Other Passover Favorites


Here in Denver April showers seems to mean April snow. As I stare out my window at my just flowered apple tree, which is now drenched in cold wet snow, I'm reminded of past Passovers where it beautifully graced my entry. This year I don't think that will be the case, though it is forecast to be in the 70's on Friday. Alas, I don't think this tree will be springing back. Well, at least the house smells like chicken soup and we are warm inside. But oh-the poor apple tree.

This year I tried a quick new snack that reminds me a lot of honey covered granola only better. No oats-only matzoh farfel-which is really just a fancy name for crumbled matzoh. Feel free to crumble your own matzoh or crumbled saltines would most likely taste great, too. Now that I've made this I see a myriad of possibilities by embellishing this with dried fruits, salted peanuts, a chocolate drizzle, extra salt, and who knows what, but that will have to wait for a later date.



This is a quick microwave recipe that I found in the back of the Hot Bread Kitchen cookbook that I wrote about not to long ago. I think you'll like it, even if you don't keep Passover. It makes the perfect snack for those drives to Grandma's when the kids are  hungry and you know dinner will awhile in coming. It made the perfect snack for Manservant who loves the honey taste. It could become quite addicting but I hid it in the recesses of my just cleaned pantry. Hope I can find it again when everyone-well, almost everyone- arrives on Friday.

Check it out and check out some of my other Passover faves that I conveniently put in one spot. Have a great holiday and happy eating!








Chicken Marbella will be on my table this year. My pictures are atrocious as this is one of the first recipes I ever posted. Just click on the link and you will see what I mean!














Matzoh Grilled Cheese with Basil (You need this for the next day!)









Macaroons 1 (I make these every year!)

























Honey Crunch Matzoh Brittle
Makes 1 about 10 x 15 pan
Time to Make: About 15 minutes
Ingredients:
4 T butter
1/2 c honey
1/2 c sugar
1/4 t salt
3 c matzoh farfel or broken matzoh or saltines
1/2 c sliced almonds
1/2 c pecan halves or walnuts
Directions:
Line a 10 x 15" pan with parchment paper. Combine butter, honey, sugar, and salt in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high until boiling and golden about 5-6 minutes, stirring after 2 1/2 minutes. Stir in matzoh pieces and nuts. Microwave about 4-5 minutes longer or until everything is golden. Stir after 2 1/2 minutes. To test if this is ready have a cold glass of water handy. Drop a small spoonful into water. If it is ready, it will turn crisp. Transfer mixture to baking sheet and let it cool for a few minutes. With wet hands, firmly press down into an even layer. Let stand until firm, about 1 hour. Store in an airtight container.


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28 comments:

  1. What a lovely roundup of Passover favorites - sorry about the snow :( We're having a dry and cool spring with freezing temperatures last week. So many blooms are gone before they arrived. Hope you have a terrific weekend! The brittle sounds wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Tricia! Hard late Spring we've been having. It is a good crunchy brittle.

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  2. Apple trees are tough -- bet the snow won't have really hurt it. Hope not, at least! Anyway, great collection of recipes. Definitely not chopped liver. :-)

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    1. They are tough, but we still lost some big limbs. And it bloomed even after it was down. Trust me-this is like egg salad wit sauteed onions and liver pate. You would love it!

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  3. What a mouthwatering roundup!! I would love some crunches for my lunch salad.

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    1. This would be great as a topping on fruit or ice cream! A little sweet, I think for a green salad!

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  4. Your matzoh brittle looks irresistible! I'd have to give much of it away or I'd devour it all. I heard from Maddy---she lost lots of apple limbs and went out to shake the snow off her beloved peach tree. It was in the 80's here today---but we could have snow next week the way weather goes around here :)

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    1. Her poor peach tree! Crazy season, this spring is!

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  5. Everything looks so good - every one of those chicken recipes, and the raspberry meringue in particular! Sorry to hear about the snow.

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    1. These are a lot of my favorites, Beth. The meringue was a hit last year!

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  6. Your brittle and all the other recipes look terrific! We just had some late season snow too but now it's warm again!

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    1. Thanks Amy! Had a respite over the weekend but now it is getting cold again!

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  7. I don't know fro which one to talk about! They all look delicious and that raspberry meringue looks very inviting!

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    1. Thanks Katerina. Take your pick. They are all good!

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  8. These all look so delicious. I wish I was your neighbor.

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    1. Ha ha! Hard to think about starting to cook again!

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  9. My mouth started watering with the brittle, but as I moved through the pictures, I got more and more hungry. Now I'm starving! I'm with Karen...which I were your neighbor. :)

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    1. You aren't that faraway. And I hope to be your way this summer!

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  10. Everything looks wonderful, Abbe! You have had some big storms recently. The family of good friends here were affected by both of them - once trying to get into Denver and more recently trying to get out of Denver to get here for a family funeral this past weekend. Everything looks delicious and what a great round-up of Passover recipes. Wishing you a Happy Passover, Abbe.

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    1. Your poor friends. What a mess it was. Thanks Susan!

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  11. Wow Abbe, that a nice collection of recipes for Passover...we are going to friends house for the celebration and I am so tempted to make this brittle...
    Hope you are having a great week and Happy Passover :)

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    1. The brittle is so easy and tastes like honey. Feel free to add your own mix ins! Thanks Juliana!

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  12. all your Passover faves look do good. I have to try the macaroons :)
    and your matzoh crunch looks lovely too, thinking about adding chocolate to it.

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    1. The macaroons are always a hit. Add the chocolate as a drizzle on top. I think it would be too hot to stir in.

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  13. I love making--and eating--brittle! This sounds like a great one. It wouldn't last long in my house.

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    1. It won't last long and even though this isn't a conventional brittle-it is similar to granola, but not chewy. Enjoy!

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  14. It was Sat and Sunday and I missed this..I hope you had a wonderful weekend and Passover.
    Those brittles:)

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    1. Was wonderful and went fast! Thanks Monique!

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